Orry Kent may not have stopped the war between the Ascendancy and the alien Kadiran, but at least she saved the Grand Fleet from immediate annihilation. Now she just wants to get on with her own life.
The conflict feels a long way away - until a con turns sour and she finds herself drawn into the very heart of the war.
When a dying agent of the emperor’s shadowy Seventh Secretariat tells Orry there’s a traitor at the highest levels of the Ascendancy, she has little choice but to take on the mission.
Which is why she finds herself stranded among the floating bubble habitats of Morhelion, where pollution-spewing smokers ply their trade in the beautiful but toxic atmosphere.
The hunt is on . . .